It’s Summah Time!

So, I have a post in the que from last month titled “Sienna is 8 months!” that I started and is obviously irrelevant now that she’s 9. Geez. Seriously, this summer is going by way too fast. I completely missed the entire month of July in blog posts, and so much has happened! There’s a huge pile of clothes waiting to be entered in my consignment online inventory, I’ve been interrupted twice now for someone to “re-cover” them and the dishes and bottles are just sitting there waiting to be cleaned by you-know-who since the hubs is away traveling, but I’m making a point to just carve out some time to blog tonight because… well… it’s my therapy and I enjoy it!

I don’t even know where to begin… We’ve been having a nice summer. Some days filled with some fun, excited, well planned out activities and other days just lounging around the homestead, rotating out the swimsuits and pjs. There is a part of me that is looking forward to school starting back up in the coming weeks to free up some personal time to get things done, and then there’s another part of me that is savoring these last few weeks of unplanned, spontaneous, lazy days we’ve been having. I mean…let’s be honest, we all have our days, but I know before long they’ll be in school full time, and I will miss these lazy unplanned days with these kids that drive me crazypants.  We’ve also have been just trying to be content with being home more.  It’s a bit challenging with Sienna having multiple naps to really get out and enjoy a lot of activities outside the home.  So, we’ve been doing a lot of kiddie pool, and water table time outside while she naps, and when Daddy is home, taking the boys on some outings.

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Sienna has been doing great.  It’s pretty incredible how much she has grown and changed in just a month.  We were worried about her growth and development because right when she turned eight months old, she wasn’t quite where the boys were in their gross motor skills.  She was pretty wobbly sitting up and would fall backwards or to the side at any given moment, wouldn’t jump in the jumperoo, she was only self feeding with one hand, and had no interest in the sippy cup.  I tell you though, God has really taught me a lesson in patience, and reminded me that HE is in control! I got in a tizzy about the whole thing and after a doc recommendation to see a neurologist came about, I was completely convinced that there was something wrong with her. She’s completely fine though! She’s just on her own timing.  She’s just a product of her environment of her being a third child, being held more, being put in the exersaucer and bumbo instead of on the floor so she can practice balance and mobility (and so I can cook, clean, or whatever).  She is also a GREAT sleeper.  I mean… the girl may need to be rocked to sleep once in a blue moon, but the girl can put some hours away in that crib of hers.  She’ll sleep 12hrs at night, then nap from 9:30-11ish and again from 1:30 to 3ish and AGAIN at 5/5:30ish for a half hour snooze.  I’ve been trying to cut out that last nap, but when she doesn’t get it, she is GRUMPY! Or, she’ll want to crash right at 6:30 or 7, and that is just poor timing for us with dinner and bath time.  So yeah… sleep! She loves it. Little lazy bones of mine.  Hopefully it’ll stick.  Mason was a great sleeper from early on, and now he bugs me with either “I’ve got to go potty” for the billionth time, or “I need to be covered”, so it can be a toss up!  A few day after getting the OK from the neurologist that Sienna didn’t have anything wrong with her, she started crawling! She creeps on her belly, and most recently has been taking a few “knee step” crawls!  She jumps in the jumperoo as well, and is working on mastering the sippy cup.  She brings me such joy and I just can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and how much more God will show me about her little personality!

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As a catch-up, our July fourth was fun and pretty low-key.  We had two families over that we just adore; The Valencias and The Hertys.  They both have four kids close in age, live close by, and we all have grown to love them as well as their kids! It’s great to be able to relate to the grace that is needed for raising multiple young kids close in age.  And no, we don’t have plans for a fourth at the moment!  Nevertheless, here are a few shots from our evening of family fun celebrating the fourth.  The Hertys brought over a bottle of Champagne to toast to all of the families living close together due to the recent move of the Valencias and us!

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Mason burned his hand on a sparkler that night, but other than that, I think it was a great evening of fun.  We also thought it would be fun to revisit the children’s museum that we went to downtown like we did last year.  It was a week day and Dan wasn’t traveling, so he kept Sienna at home while she napped, and I took the boys.  It was great.  The boys loved it last year, but this year I feel like they were old enough to do so much more! They did everything from grocery shopping, to learning about weather, to camping, fishing, building, dress up, painting, and the list goes on.  Here are a few favorites from the fun day we had.

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We also have enjoyed fun little activities around the house, like this one we did the other day, a home made bird feeder.

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Which Fabric?

I’m so excited that my SIL Lisa will be making baby Sienna a crib quilt for her bedding. The curtains in the room are sage, and we plan to paint the back wall that the crib will go up against a light lavender.  I was going for a French look with a chandelier wall decal the edge crib. Shabby Chic and elegant without being too frou-frou!

So, with that being said, I have the task of picking out crib quilt fabric that would work well with those colors and style. It was really hard to find something in lavender! I have whittled them down to these two collections, and I need your thoughts!

Okay, so this first fabric, let’s call it “COLLECTION A” is calming and sweet for a little girl.  I love the colors because they’re not the typical pinks, but more soft purples and light greens.  I think it’s super cute for a baby girl, but worried that it’s too muted and won’t be something that she’ll love many years down the line. The first fabric you can’t see, but it’s clouds on a lavender background with a little girl and a clothes line of girly clothes.

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This second collection, let’s call it “COLLECTION B” is super cute, and vibrant, but is it TOO vibrant?  It has some very pretty fabrics in it, but worried since I’m using a bit of a more muted sage for the curtains, that it is just too bold of a collection.  I like the fact that it has more “mature” fabrics, that may last a little past the baby years, but are they too mature for a baby?  I only need six different fabrics, so I think I will eliminate the second one in (too blue) and the sixth one in that is a small turquoise pattern since it may compete with my sage curtains.

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Which one should I choose for baby Sienna’s crib blanket quilt?  The pattern I will be using will be this one:

I consider myself a pretty decisive person, but I can’t seem to decide on which grouping. I need your help, so please place your vote on this poll!


Calming my paranoia

The past week has been rough. It started with Dan and I attempting to paint the nursery. We had considered hiring painters, but after getting our first quote of $350, we decided that it was best for us to do it ourselves. We decided on using eggshell finish (okay, I decided, Dan really wanted to use flat) because of its wipe ability on the surface. We used a flat finish in Parker’s room, and there are quite a few spots that aren’t easy to wipe up. The decision to use eggshell was the start of the nightmare.  We rolled a coat on and then later realized that I had applied gentle pressure, where as Dan had applied firm pressure and it seemed a bit uneven.  We brushed close to the ceiling and in the corners to ensure that we had covered everything.  We thought another coat would do the trick, but sadly, each roll mark and brush stroke was extremely apparent from the other.  Especially the brush strokes.  We never knew the rule to basically NEVER use a brush when using any paint with a gloss.  It looked like someone had gone around the room with a dirty paint brush and painted the cut-in work close to the ceiling and the wall corners with a MUCH paler version of our paint color.  This was still the case even after applying two very generous coats and an entire day of painting this nursery.  It sucked… all of the anticipation of a beautiful,  well painted nursery went out the window.  Dan and I didn’t handle it well and we didn’t want to bring it up since it became such a sore subject of…“okay, really… WTF happened here!!…” So, to spare our marriage, we decided to just take a break and give it a day or so to figure it out.   If it wasn’t for this magnificent little bundle growing inside of me…I assure you I would’ve thrown back a drink or two…and quite possibly a xanex.

Fast forward to the next day.  My follow-up ultrasound with the perinatologist.  I was SO incredibly anxious about this day.  I had thought about all of the possible things that could be wrong and became a Cyberchondriac the moment I had access to a computer after hearing the news.  I had replayed all the questions I would ask in my mind and all the possible scenarios, and I had gotten SO worked up about it.  Waiting for the appointment was the worst.  I arrived extra early and finally got in after an hour of waiting.  They had asked that I come 30 mins early to fill out “new patient” info, but that consisted of about three sheets on a clipboard, which I raced through.  There was a sonographer that started the ultrasound and we started to talk about the previous ultrasound and its findings.  I realized that I wouldn’t be getting the  3D ultrasound as previously hoped because it wouldn’t give them the visuals they needed to see inside the brain.  As soon as she got to the head measurements, I started to ask questions, where she promptly replied “I’m not allowed to respond about the findings, your doctor will go over everything”  After15 mins of silence and poking and prodding on my belly and taking measurements she finally concluded and said that the doctor would be in with “the findings”.  Tears began to weld up in my eyes…I just couldn’t take the anticipation any longer.  I just KNEW her stone cold facade was hiding some kind of horrible news that I just couldn’t bare to hear.

So, in comes the doc… very professional.  “Let’s have a look” he says and proceeds to wand my belly again as the first lady did.  After much viewing and LOTS of measuring, he says something like this ” Well, I can see that one side is a little larger… but the good news is, it looks like it’s still within the normal range.  It’s just a little asymetrical, which is completely normal.”  of course I followed up with a few questions of my own, but ultimately… it was SO nice to hear! And just like that… my paranoia started to subside.  Thank you God!! was all I kept repeating to myself.  My boy is just a little lopsided… Welcome to the family!  Aren’t we all just a little lopsided? Yes, my friend…we are.

From then on things started on the up and up.  Instead of obsessing over possible spinal bifida and down syndrome in my unborn son, I turned my obsessive energies back into getting the nursery painting debacle fixed.  I had read some conflicting things online, so I decided to call home depot for some advice.  Dan ultimately decided that it was the brush strokes that were making the difference in the wall, and decided to go back over it with a roller to see if that would fix it.  Wallah!  Just like that…the nursery is in an acceptable painted fashion.  Perfect?  No.  Acceptable, yes!  Dan really worked hard on it and I feel bad that I pushed the eggshell finish so much since that was really what was to blame for the apparent unevenness.  Bottom line…my husband is awesome, and always comes through.  Even when I’m a whiny complaining wife.  Now we have the room painted, almost all of the furniture delivered, and the fan installed.  This has been my much needed prozac for the week!

Let the nursery designing begin!

This weekend after our vacation, we went scouting for the perfect nursery furniture for baby Mason.  We bought Parker’s furniture at Ga Baby and Kids, and since they have such a great selection, we decided to go there again.  We were drawn to the clean lines of  Capretti, which is the same company that we got Parker’s furniture from.  It’s a great company, and we’ve been very pleased with Parker’s furniture (with the auto-closing drawers) so it only made since to use them again.  We were really only there to look, but the sales person gave us an incredible deal with over 25% off the showroom price, and this time we didn’t have to buy the floor model to get the discount (like we did Parker’s).  So, this is what we’ve decided on.  Nothing too fancy… but I think it’ll be a great for baby Mason.

The best part is, that we got it in the same exact finish as Parker’s furniture…so if we have to move some pieces around between rooms once the cribs become full size beds, we don’t have to worry about them matching.  In case you don’t remember what Parker’s furniture looks like, here it is pictured below:

We had thought about going with a cheaper quality crib that wasn’t convertible in case we decide to have them share a room later, but we decided that it was best that they have their own furniture right now.  If it comes to a bunk bed situation later, then we can revisit that then.

We also decided on the rug for the room.  It was a reasonably priced wool rug from The Land of Nod, which is Crate&Barrel’s kids line.  I know it’s a little busy, but it’ll be all the color for the room.  The walls and curtains will be muted. I’m in love with it.

We also wanted to use a No VOC paint for the room, and we love the company The Freshaire Choice which is what we used for Parker’s nursery.  This time we’re looking to do the room in a soft brown to pick up the background of the rug.  “Pinecone Hill” to be exact.  I still have a few others that I’m contemplating, but for now, that’s my top choice.

I also found these wall decals on Etsy.  What do you think?  It’s for the scooter, car, hot air balloon and helicopter. I think they’re pretty freakin’ cute.  I think they would look great in Mason’s room, all in a dark brown color above the crib,…perhaps.

She’s Crafty

I proudly finished my first sewing project using a pattern!  I’ve “winged” several projects before with just vision, but do not have a lick of experience using a pattern.  Last night I put my final stitches in a box pleated crib skirt.  It was much harder than I had anticipated.  I got pretty frustrated with the first skirt, and screwed it up quite a bit that I gave up the first night I started it, but plugged through and finished last night. 

Unfortunately when I thought I was done I wasn’t.  I had Dan come upstairs to remove the crib matress and with much anticipation, I placed the newly finished crib skirt on the spring frame- only to find out that I had sewn the front part of the skirt on backwards!  I figured it would be easier to seam rip the sides out than to mess with the front with the box pleat, so that’s what I did.  What a pain!  It was well worth it in the end.  It looks super cute and hides the gap underneath the matress.

So, I’ve started to think about what my next project will be.  I have some of the owl fabric (above) left, but not much.  I found this blog:  Motherhood for Dummies and she has great ideas on making fabric blocks which will be an excellent way to use up the last bit of fabric I have.  I’ve never made fabric toys before but I would love to try…maybe my next project!

Momzilla of Sorts

I’ve certainly been going crazy with my “nesting” lately, but I think what I’ve been really doing is turning into a Momzilla.  I don’t know exactly how it happened.  It started with wanting the perfect nursery and then moved on to wanting to organize every square inch of our house.  Last night we came home from small group and insisted that Dan help me take everything out of the pantry to check for expired food, then I proceeded to use my p-touch labeler to organize and label every single shelf and strategically place everything in the pantry in it’s new “home”.  What is wrong with me?  I know that pregnancy hormones have weird effects on women, but geez!  What happened to my Sunday nights consisting of relaxing on the sofa with a good dose of Desperate Housewives on the tube?

Then I have an Aunt that has graciously decided to throw me a shower and I obsess about the details of whether or not she got the invites out in enough time, if they will look ok,  and if she needs help etc.  It’s so ridiculous.  I’m driving her crazy and I don’t blame her.  I wouldn’t want to throw me a shower.  The weekends which are meant to at least have one Sabbath day has turned into seeing how much I can check off of my laundry list baby preparation antics.  I think the perfectionist in me has really gotten out of control and I need to tame it.  I have read everything from my pregnancy magazines to breastfeeding to childbirth preparation.  The more I read the more anxiety I get that I will not get it all right.  I have to remember that it’s okay if I don’t get breastfeeding right the first time, it’s okay if I don’t know everything about babies when Parker comes.  Many women have done this before…some of which I might add, with far worse circumstances.  So why am I so worried??!!  I just need to give it to God.  I have prayed about my anxieties and I have thanked him for my many blessings.  I know he is taking care of me and won’t let me fail.  I just have to trust in him and take deep breaths….  deep breaths….Prenatal yoga every week should help with this too!

So, speaking of laundry list of baby preparation… I believe we are done with the baby’s room!  I’ll let you be the judge:

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Maple Shade Kids

As you know, this weekend Dan and I finished painting Parker’s room.  Now we’re looking at how we’d like to decorate the walls.  We wanted something original and different, but also sticking to the theme of owls, birds and bunnies as a focus.

Dan and I found this wonderful shop on Etsy called Maple Shade Kids and we fell in love with their creative pieces!  She  creates amazing artwork, bookends, shelves and peg racks using sustainably harvested wood, rescued wood, colorful papers, non-toxic glues and sealers.  Not only are they incredibly cute, but they’re eco-friendly too!  Right up my ally.  She will have some new creations by mid-week, so we may have to indulge some more!  Below are some of the items that we have decided on.  Feel free to click on them for more views/info.

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We got two things crossed off our before baby “To Do” list!  It was a team effort with help from our friends Kristin, Scott, Jason, Leslie and Michelle.  Lizzie (our dog) tried to help too, but we all agreed that that probably would not be a good idea.  Everyone did such a great job and we had a great time painting, eating a  delicious pizza lunch and enjoying frozen push up icy pops!

The second thing we got to crossed off our task list was power washing our back patio.  Scott brought over his power washer and the back patio and front driveway looks as good as new!  It was so gross too, especially the back.

The baby’s room looks great.  We are so thankful for great friends.  The bedroom was painted with love and everyone added their own special touch!  Dan and I moved the furniture back and added our wall decal above Parker’s Crib.  It looks really cute.  We’re going to wait to snap pictures when the room is done completely.

Last week I started on the window treatments for Parker’s room.  It was pretty challenging in the beginning, but I finally finished one panel and I’m hoping to finish the second one before the end of next week.  It’s a cute pattern with a white background and little blue owls.

More updates to come!

Busy Bee for Baby Bee

Dan and I have been quite the busy bees lately preparing for the little one.  Last week we kicked off the beginning of our home transition.  Moving Dan’s office downstairs into the dining room, changing out the lighting, and selling the dining room set.  Dan’s office will become the baby’s room so it was important for us to get a jump start on moving things out so we can start preparing for the furniture.  I really like the new office.  It’s different being downstairs, but it’s really growing on me.  Here’s a snapshot:

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Notice the nice new fan above that replaced that chunky chandelier.  It matches the furniture perfectly.

We’re excited about getting the baby’s room ready.  We went and looked at baby furniture last weekend and we think we decided on a collection.  Let me know your thoughts.  We’re going for a clean sleek look.  We want to have a timeless look that the child can grow into and continue to use the same furniture.  With me having an interior design background, I’m sure you can see me getting carried away with the baby room, but we’re going to try to keep it simple.  Nutral whites with vintage accents.  At least that’s the plan for now.  Here’s what we’ve picked out so far for the baby room:

baby-furniture We really love the classic lines and wood accents (if you look close you can see them, but it’s kind-of hard to tell in this picture).  Right now we’re looking at getting the Dressing station with hutch, crib, nightstand (not shown) and three drawer chest changing table (not shown).  It’s going to be pretty pricey, but since the crib changes to a toddler and adult bed, we’ll keep it for quite some time.  Much better than getting butterfly painted princess furniture and having to buy new in a few years.  It’s good quality and I think it’ll withstand the test of time.  I’m beginning to sound like an advertisement so I’ll stop now. =)

This weekend I was so  happy to complete my Europe scrapbook.  FINALLY! The last book I was working on had pictures from 2 years ago!  So now I’m working on my Hawaii scrapbook.  Here’s a sneak peak:

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p4060089Last November we were in Maui and in May we will be going back to Hawaii but visiting the Big Island and Oahu.  I can’t wait!  Hopefully I can finish this scrapbook and leave room for more photos after the vacation in May.